Tag: Easter

Web Coolness: Tattooed Easter eggs, Push Presents, and the insanity of a $1000 Elsa doll.

It’s Friday, and we’ve rounded up our favorite links for the week for you to enjoy as much as we did. Have a great weekend!   Terrific Easter egg DIY. With tattoos. Add it to all the other Easter egg decorating ideas we love. The new Frozen dolls are going for more than $1000 on eBay. Our readers have a lot to say about that. Laughing at this funny blog post about push presents. Great advice on how to raise inquisitive kids. Bookmark: Helpful advice on choosing the best Instagram collage app. Why some parents do over-the-top ridiculous things to delight our children....

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16 of the most adorable Easter basket gift ideas for kids: It’s raining bunnies and chicks!

Make your kids’ Easter baskets a hundred times more adorable by adding some playful chicks and bunnies to your list of Easter basket gift ideas for kids–of course along with some of our favorite Easter candy and Easter-themed gifts. Our recos are almost entirely indie-made, and we promise that none of them include a five-foot purple stuffed rabbit. Though we can’t guarantee that won’t be the grandparents’ pick.     Wee Gallery’s new set of 12 animal kids’ animal tattoos makes a nice alternative to more candy in the basket. Featuring a bunny, dog, and cat, they may end up on the...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! You’ll find lots of cool finds like these every day. 1. A cool free printable easter egg craft for kids from one of our favorite craft bloggers. 2. A great look for a nursery or kid’s room. 3. An amazing interactive music app for kids, perfect for your next road trip. 4. How to get tons of free children’s ebooks. 5.  Come to mama, you sexy designer...

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The prettiest girls’ Easter dresses that your daughters will never want to take off. (For better or for worse.)

One of my favorite things to do each year on Cool Mom Picks is look for the prettiest, sweetest, coolest girls’ Easter dresses in every price. Whether or not you celebrate Easter. To me, spring is just such a long-awaited respite, that getting my daughters one special, lightweight dress that they can wear all spring and summer has become our own annual tradition. I tend to be less into pounds of crinoline, smocking, humongous floral embellishments or scrunchy taffeta; my style leans more towards simple, elegant shapes and fabrics that are dressy, but not quite cotillion-level. Plus if my...

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Outrageously gourmet Easter treats and chocolates that you’ll share with the kids uh, never.

As my family’s Petronella Cottontail, I’m here to tell you that grown-ups like Easter treats, too. Gourmet Eater treats, ideall. My kids can keep the Peeps and cheap candy eggs nestled in plastic grass, while I stick with the fancy stuff. I like my chocolate smooth, high quality, and with packaging that makes me feel special and indulged. And if it comes with a birdcage, all the better. So here are some top gourmet Easter treats from our favorite candy makers and chocolatiers. Vosges is one of my all-time favorite chocolate shops. I mean, did you see that Hunger...

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20 of the best easy, artful Easter egg decorating ideas that look very, very impressive

Easter egg decorating ideas have risen to a whole new level what with Pinterest Easter ideas and all. I’ve been a holdout, still sitting at home with my kids popping dye pellets into cups of vinegar, mostly because I’ve been afraid of how complicated these new egg dying methods seem to be. But thanks to some amazing bloggers who’ve come up with fantastic free printables and tutorials, we can come close to achieving glossy magazine level artistry, even if we don’t have a crafty bone in our bodies. I’m planning to try a couple of these easy Easter egg decorating...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! It’s fun. Plus, you’ll find cool pins like this every day.  1. Now that it’s spring, thinking Easter? Check out these DIY bunny cake toppers. 2. We need this designer bracelet. Immediately. 3. One of our favorite dolls, now on sale. 4. Travel tips that can save you a whole lot of money. 5. A creative use for Marshmallow Peeps–besides seeing how long they would survive a nuclear...

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Forget the Easter Ham. Enjoy a Grilled Cheesus.

On many days, the biggest miracle is getting my kids to eat their dinner without a fight. Well, I’d love to see them try to refuse a sandwich with Jesus Christ’s own face pressed on it. Inspired by the infamous Glee episode a couple of years back, the Grilled Cheesus Sandwich Press not only makes a pretty heavenly grilled cheese sandwich (heh, get it?) but a portion of the proceeds actually helps feed the hungry, which is something we think JC himself would approve of. And hey, if it gets our kids to eat, then hallelujah! –Kristen You can...

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Pretty pink chocolate bunnies, with no icky artificial dyes

Chocolate is delicious, but brown can get so blah during a pastel-pretty holiday. These all-natural bunnies are a great way to think pink without downing a single drop of dye. Our pals at Nutty Steph’s have crafted a line of yummy bunnies just perfect for the Easter basket or springtime snacking, but they’ve left out one very important ingredient: that pesky, possibly cancerous red dye that makes my kids act completely deranged. Hurrah! The Pink Chocolate Bunny is finely crafted of white chocolate with just a dab of peppermint and freeze-dried raspberry dust, which results in a lovely, natural...

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Web Coolness: Peeps diorama contest winners, Laurie Berkner’s musical, and Victoria’s Secret backlash

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Creativity and the cuteness abound in this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. RIP, Mr. Twinkie. New mamas, don’t miss Kristen’s post about 5 New Mom Things I Wish I’d Done Differently.Although Victoria’s Secret is now rethinking its decision, you all have a lot to say about the company’s marketing of provocative underwear to younger teens. This Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorising Toddlers is music to our ears.  You could help give some special kids a very special...

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What to do with Easter Peeps (besides eat them all)

Every year at this time, I get lured into buying way-too-many packages of those brightly colored Easter Peeps. And though I have no problem consuming sugar, even I can only eat a few of them before I get the jitters.  So, I’ve pulled together some adorable—and easy—Easter crafts that use Peeps for some sweet decorations this month.   This centerpiece idea from La Jolla Mom (above) just screams “Easter” and is so simple to create. I love how the yellow Peeps bunnies look with sunny chrysanthemums, though you could chose to do multi-colored bunnies around an assortment of flowers too.  ...

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6 fab Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. (More time for egg hunting!)

I know that there’s more to Easter than bunnies and food, but in these days leading up to the holiday my mind is on, well, bunnies and food. Easter candy, Easter cakes, Easter brunch: it’s hard to focus with such tasty distractions! I, of course, plan on getting my Easter priorities straight by the time Sunday rolls around but, in the meantime, let’s get back to the food. Easter brunch to be exact. I’ve found six amazing Easter brunch recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prep. Cooking time is variable, of course, but by then you’ll be...

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Hop to it and get crafting for Easter!

Though Easter is coming up quickly, for my kids it feels like Peter Cottontail is taking his sweet old time getting here. While we wait, I’ve found a bunch of cool Easter crafts that will keep them busy…and not make you crazy with prep or clean up. –Christina With some strips of colorful paper and Minted’s Easter egg template, you and the kids can make a framable work of art for the hallway. Looks so neat with nice straight strips, though I’m sure my kids would create something nifty even if they didn’t follow the rules. Even if you’ve...

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9 ways kids can decorate Easter Eggs without dyeing them

Decorating Easter eggs is a tradition in our household, but after doing it the same way for over ten years, we’re thinking of changing things up. Instead of dropping white eggs into colored dye, I’ve rounded up a bunch of non-dye Easter egg decorating ideas that look fun (and pretty easy) to do with the kids. So grab your hardboiled eggs, your wooden crafting eggs, or even your vegan-friendly ceramic eggs from EggNots and get cracking. I mean, crafting. –Christina Grab a few rolls of colorful tape, and that’s all you’ll need to recreate Washi Tape Easter Eggs from...

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Delightful decor for your Easter Sunday party

Let’s talk party decor! Though I don’t plan to decorate every inch of my house, I do like to have a few festive things on hand for Easter Sunday. With that, here are some of my latest favorite ideas for that big Easter party–plenty of them free downloads. –Christina   Paper Coterie’s free printable Easter Banner can be printed on plain white cardstock, cut out, and hung wherever you want an Easter message. With so many colors, it’ll go with just about any color scheme…or will add a pop of color if you’re one of those brave minimalist homes...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for great finds like this every day. 1. Ooh, loving this gorgeous and affordable accessory to snazz up the spring wardrobe. 2.How to mix and match prints to style your brood like the cool kids that they are. 3. Preschoolers, have we got the super fun, educational, and free app for you! 4. If you can’t grab this fabulous personalized baby gift in time for Easter, how about any baby shower this year? 5. Not sure who likes this fun new children’s book more–us or...

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Web Coolness: art on a plate, awesome Easter and Passover ideas, and calling a truce to the “Mommy Wars”

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Check out artist “RED” Hong Yi’s Instagram project, where she will create a mini work of art on a plate every day this month. Wow. If you’ll be celebrating Passover, love this post and comments with Tips for a Successful Family Seder. Our editor Liz takes issue with the media’s constant talk about the “Mommy Wars”, and what we should be talking about instead. Do you agree? We’re thrilled to see one of our own editors–and lots of women we...

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8 spectacularly gorgeous Easter cakes you can bake at home (honest!)

After the excitement of hunting for eggs and the Easter bunny die down, it’s time for Easter dinner. And then, finally, my favorite part of the day: dessert. As in, Easter cakes. There’s just something so sweet about ending the holiday festivities with a pretty Easter cake, bright with springtime flavors (and maybe, if you’re lucky, studded with Easter treats). The only bad thing about Easter cakes–and there really is only one bad thing–is that they can be overly fussy and hard to make. But not these. We’ve found 8 beautifully simple Easter cake recipes that keep it easy...

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Cool Easter Clothes for kids: some of our very favorites this year

Easter always signifies for me the start of the spring season, even when there is still snow on the ground in New England. It’s time to lighten up, and I’ve found some great picks for both boys and girls from some of our favorite online shops that will carry them past the holiday and into spring. You know, the months when the snow really does go away. –Christina Fore!! Axel and Hudson Dressy enough for Easter brunch or church, but casual enough for some extreme Easter egg hunting, Fore!! Axel and Hudson’s Rolled Cuff Stripe Shirt (at top) looks...

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13 of the absolute cutest Easter gifts for kids

Hold the jellybeans! Well okay, don’t hold the jellybeans–maybe just supplement them with some of these adorable Easter gift ideas for kids. It’s coming early this year and so we scoured some of our favorite indie shops and artists for ideas for your little ones that might make them forget all about the candy aisle.      Maileg Ballerina Rabbit Dolls ($48.60+ at My Sweet Muffin) This is the kind of Easter gift my girls would flip for. No doubt they’d be dragged to ballet class each week too. Bunny Ears T-Shirt ($19.50, threadless) Get it? Rabbit ears? Psst…comes...

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